Terry Gou, chairman of Apple supplier Foxconn, has announced he will contest Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, shaking up the political landscape at a time of heightened tension between the self-ruled island and Beijing.
Gou, Taiwan's richest person with a net worth of $US7.6 billion ($A10.6 billion, according to Forbes.
He said he would join the already competitive race, and would take part in the opposition, China-friendly Kuomintang party's primaries.
His bid, which requires KMT approval, comes at a delicate time for cross-strait relations and delivers a blow to the ruling pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party, which is struggling in opinion polls.
Australian Associated Press